In 1936, Ziggy Elman joined the Benny Goodman orchestra as a trumpet player. His 1939 composition And the Angels Sing, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, (originally recorded in December 1938 by his own band as an instrumental, Frailach In Swing) became the number one song in the nation.
In 1956, he was asked to recreate his famous frailach solo along with the original vocalist Martha Tilton for the movie, The Benny Goodman Story, but was unable to, his technique having since withered away. Elman appeared performing it in the film, but another trumpeter, Manny Klein, played the solo on the soundtrack. This song is arguably his longest-lasting musical legacy, since it has appeared in films up to 1997 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.
Benny Goodman cl, dir / Irving Goodman, Ziggy Elman, Gordon Griffin t / Red Ballard, Vernon Brown tb / Hymie Schertzer, Noni Bernardi as / Arthur Rollini, Jerry Jerome ts / Jess Stacy p / Ben Heller g / Harry Goodman sb / Buddy Schutz d. Martha Tilton v.